Lately, I’ve been really craving my favourite thing to eat – Chinese food. I love it. I could have chow mein, sweet and sour pork and Chinese vegetables every day of my life. I would even be happy about it. When I think about my favourite foods, I think of more savoury, meal type dishes or cuisine, rather than sweet, dessert types. This got me to thinking, though, what about the rest of the society out there! Is there a common trend among foodies and what their favourite types of food are?
Off to Facebook and Twitter I went to research my curiosity. I posed the question, “What is your favourite food?” and I was kind of surprised with some of the results. For some reason, I need to identify a favourite as something that will fully satisfy me and act as more of a meal and not just a snack. (Though, I suppose you could make anything a meal if you ate enough of it!) Clearly, not everyone falls into the same thinking patterns when it comes to favourites.
Three my friends preferred sweet guilty pleasures – cake, candy and chocolate. Now sure, I thought to myself as I read these responses, I love cake, candy and chocolate. Could I survive the rest of my life just eating one or even all three of those and nothing else? No… certainly not. The responses I could relate to most were the meaty, full meal type of foods, like sushi, steak, pasta, butter chicken and lobster. I understood the favourites as they related to fruit like grapes and oranges. (I had to consider my nephew, who is just two and a half, because his favourite foods are oranges and cheese. You should see how many oranges this kid can put down during Christmas time. Wow!) I love pickles myself, but as a favourite food? No. What perplexed me the most was that one of my girlfriend’s stated that her favourite food was mustard. I would never have really thought of mustard as a food. (Granted though, if you ask anyone that knows me if mustard is one of my favourites, they would say yes. You should see my kind of hot dog. All that is visible is mustard!)
The neatest, most out of the box responses were what really caught my attention though. One of my friends stated that “all of it” was her favourite. As I am what I would consider a food connoisseur, I respected her response. There are so many good foods out there, different cuisines, sweet, salty, sour, and so on, that how could anyone possibly make an accurate guess at what is one’s favourite is? (I have a real difficulty in selecting my favourite anything, anyway!) The best favourite food by far though, was suggested by my brother-in-law. His response was simple, yet thought out and intelligent. His favourite kind of food is free! What a clever little devil….
So, I don’t feel as though I am any more enlightened in terms of what people choose as their favourite foods on the whole, but what I have learned is that it is so subjective. What is tasty and delicious to me, could be quite awful and torturous for someone else. We as people are so individualized and creative in our own ways, so the fact that we all identify very different foods as our favourite doesn’t surprise me now, looking back in retrospect. So, if your favourite is Chinese food like me, indulge every once in awhile! Be careful though. Too much indulging and two things could happen: you may have to also increase your gym visits (hehe) or you may end of growing tired of your favourite!